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array of hashes

by toniax (Scribe)
on Dec 05, 2010 at 17:45 UTC ( #875497=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
toniax has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I created this array of hashes
@array = ( { car => "ford", color => "red", pet => "dog", }, { car => "honda", color => "blue", pet => "cat", }, { car => "dodge", color => "orange", pet => "spider", }, ); { print "$array[0]{car}, $array[1]{car}\n" }
Can this line print "$array[0]{car}, $array[1]{car}\n" be condensed ?

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Re: array of hashes
by GrandFather (Sage) on Dec 05, 2010 at 21:00 UTC

    Why? It can't be condensed in any useful fashion (especially without losing the comma), but it can be made more flexible. Consider:

    my @items = (0, 1); printf "%s\n", join ', ', map {$_->{car}} @array[@items];


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Re: array of hashes
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Dec 05, 2010 at 18:07 UTC

    A little:

    print map $array[$_]{car}, 0,1;; ford honda print map $_->{car}, @array[0,1];; ford honda

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      print join(', ', map $_->{car}, @array[0,1]), "\n";
Re: array of hashes
by punkish (Priest) on Dec 06, 2010 at 02:36 UTC
    @a = ( {a => "ford", b => "red", c => "dog"}, {a => "honda", b => "blue", c => "cat"}, {a => "dodge", b => "orange", c => "spider"} ); say "$a[0]{a}, $a[1]{a}"

    Other than that, shortening it doesn't achieve much. Unless, of course, there is more to this question than you are revealing.


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Re: array of hashes
by shawnhcorey (Friar) on Dec 06, 2010 at 01:08 UTC

    Why? Shawn's first Rule of Programming: KISS; Hard to understand is costly to maintain. Keep your code easy to understand; don't be clever.

Re: array of hashes
by biohisham (Priest) on Dec 05, 2010 at 20:23 UTC
    print "$array[$_]{car} " for qw(0 1);

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Re: array of hashes
by jandrew (Chaplain) on Dec 10, 2010 at 02:42 UTC

    Both more and less.

    use 5.010; use strict; use warnings; my @array = ( { car => "ford", color => "red", pet => "dog", }, { car => "honda", color => "blue", pet => "cat", }, { car => "dodge", color => "orange", pet => "spider", }, ); say return_selected_elements( \@array, 'car', 0, 1 ); sub return_selected_elements { my $AoHref = shift; my $element = shift; my @Instances = @_; return join ", ", (map $AoHref->[$_]->{$element}, @Instances); }


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